Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Cyprus holds arms cargo, but for whom?

Cyprus inspects a ship, finds military equipment traveling under false bills of lading. Interpol says, "Smuggled arms. Perhaps from North Korea, maybe China." All reported here:
Cypriot officials are considering what to do with a Syria-bound ship held in Limassol port with a cargo of what is thought to be air defence equipment.

Police said 18 of the 21 lorries on board the Gregorio I were fitted with radars which "appear to be part of an air defence system".

Police said the cargo did not match the ship's documentation.
The equipment was offloaded from the ship, which was detained in Limassol on 5 September.

The Cyprus Mail newspaper says customs must now give clearance for the cargo to be released.

There is no arms ban on Syria, but the authorities may still impose a fine for false description of the cargo, the paper says.
Well, hmmmm. Who, exactly will be stepping forward to pay the "fine?"

UPDATE: A Chinese radar system from here. I have no idea what system has been off-loaded from the ship. This is a guess. Some more systems here, click on "Products."

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